Legionnaires’ disease in travellers returning from Goa, India

26 February 2019

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Public Health England (PHE) have reported seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease in UK travellers who visited Goa since November 2018, a small increase in cases compared to previous years.

Legionnaires’ disease is more dangerous to people with underlying medical conditions and travellers staying in poorly maintained hotels or apartments. Although the risk to travellers to Goa is considered to be low, anyone who develops an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after returning home, are advised to seek prompt medical advice. They should ask the healthcare professional about Legionnaire’s disease and say where they have been.

Further information and advice on travel to Goa is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.